Title IX

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination (also known as sexual harassment and sexual misconduct) in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial funding. California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM) is committed to providing an environment that respects the dignity and worth of every member of its community, and strictly prohibits all forms of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct. CUSM will respond to complaints, reports, or information about incidents of sexual harassment from students and employees as described within the “Title IX Sexual Harassment & Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures” to stop inappropriate behavior, eliminate any hostile environments, and take steps to prevent the recurrence of the prohibited conduct impacting students and/or employees.

The Title IX Coordinator assists our community with matters related to sexual harassment and sexual misconduct to ensure a positive learning and working environment are in place. The Title IX Coordinator does not promote CUSM’s interests other than its interest in gender equity as evidenced in CUSM’s ‘Title IX Sexual Harassment & Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures’ and provided by law. The Title IX Coordinator’s responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing Title IX compliance
  • Providing information, resources, and supportive measures for individuals reporting alleged sexual misconduct (i.e., Complainant)
  • Providing information, resources, and supportive measures for individuals accused of sexual misconduct (i.e., Respondent)
  • Ensuring prompt and equitable resolution for Formal Complaints that are filed within the campus
  • Tracking and monitoring incidents of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct
  • Coordinating outreach, education, and prevention efforts

As described within the ‘Title IX Sexual Harassment & Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures’, CUSM and the Title IX Coordinator will not treat CUSM applicants, students, or employees differently on the basis of sex or identity and therefore will not favor Complainants over Respondents or Respondents over Complainants.

Title IX Coordinator

For inquiries on Title IX compliance, to file a Formal Complaint of Sexual Harassment, or to report a Sexual Harassment concern or suspected violation, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Dr. Sandra E. Hodgin
Email: TitleIXCoordinator@cusm.org
Phone Number: (909) 424-0345
Campus Extension : 10345

Please note: Title IX reports can be made in person, by mail, by telephone, or by e-mail using the Title IX Coordinator’s contact information listed above, at any time (including non-business hours). If you are making a Title IX formal complaint by e-mail or mail, please be sure to include your physical or digital signature.

Responsible Employees

A responsible employee must report incidents of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. This includes information about incidents a responsible employee knows or reasonably should have known about. For the purposes of this policy, a responsible employee is defined as a University employee who has the authority to redress sexual misconduct, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct (in regards to employees and/or students), or who an employee or student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. The following employees are considered responsible employees: all full-time, part-time, visiting, and volunteer faculty, and administrators.

Confidential Resources

Persons who wish to seek advice or assistance or to discuss options for dealing with issues involving Sexual Harassment and any and all forms of sexual misconduct on a strictly confidential basis may do so by speaking with licensed counselors, clergy, medical providers in the context of providing medical treatment, rape crisis center counselors, and sexual violence advocates. Students, staff, and faculty who wish to speak to someone on a strictly confidential basis may contact the following confidential resources to discuss options available to you:

San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services (Local Rape Crisis Center)
Free confidential advice and counseling available 24 hours, 7 days a week
909-885-8884
Website: https://www.sbsas.org/

Project Sister Advocates & Counselors (Local Rape Crisis Center)
Free confidential advice and counseling available 24 hours, 7 days a week
909-626-HELP (909-626-4357)
Website: http://projectsister.org/

RAINN Advocates & Counselors (National Sexual Assault Crisis Center)
Free confidential advice and counseling available 24 hours, 7 days a week
800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673)
For Online Hotline Assistance: https://ohl.rainn.org/online/
Website: https://rainn.org/